The Bangladesh textile industry will be helped to improve its environmental standards through a wing of the World Bank.

Its International Finance Corporation (IFC) will use regional and international consultants to transfer knowledge to Bangladeshi consulting firms and auditors. They, in turn, will work with textile companies to assess existing environmental practices in a bid to improve waste-management and energy efficiency.

An IFC communiqué claimed textile manufacturing in Bangladesh “has a huge environmental footprint, annually discharging as much as 56 million tons of waste water, 0.5m tons of sludge, and consuming tremendous amounts of energy…”

Leading international brands have welcomed the initiative, such as H&M, Kappahl, Lindex, Levis, and Mothercare.